Best Time To Visit Egypt
The best time to visit Egypt is spring and autumn when the scorching desert heat leaves its place to pleasant weather. March to early May and the entire autumn season are ideal times, especially if you want to enjoy the vibrant city of Cairo. Since this is no secret, you should expect to see more crowds during these months. Summer is great for a Nile cruise and visiting the beaches of the Red Sea, as well.
Monthly Travel Guide For Egypt
Travelling in Egypt between January and March
January is the coolest month in Egypt, although the temperature hardly falls below 49°F. The weather is comfortably warm from January to March, with occasional rains on the coast. It is one of the most popular seasons in Egypt since visiting the Pyramids of Giza becomes easy due to moderate temperatures. Local events and festivals mostly take place in these months, as well.
Travelling in Egypt in April and May
Temperatures begin to rise in April and May across the country, but the weather is still comfortable enough for sightseeing and exploring the cities. It is also a popular season before the inland becomes too hot.
The sky might be a bit dusty in April since the khamaseen hot sand winds blow in short periods, but it doesn’t cause discomfort. Spring celebrations begin during Easter, which makes it a vibrant time to visit Egypt.
Travelling in Egypt in June
Around June, daily temperatures go up to 90°F as the continental heat sweeps in. June might be the best time to visit Egypt before the scorching heat begins, especially for enjoying the activities on the Nile and in coastal cities.
Travelling in Egypt in July and August
July and August are the hottest months in Egypt, with the daytime temperatures rising to 110°F and above. If you wish to visit Egypt in summer, it is better to prefer accommodation and transportation with air-conditioning.
Summer is the best time to cruise the Nile in a luxury boat and explore the cities on the banks of the river. Also, as the crowds will be much fewer during these months, you can have the historic sites all to yourself.
Travelling in Egypt in September
Similar to June, September is an ideal month to visit Egypt. The heat of summer is still there, but the weather is breezy and more comfortable. It is less busy compared to summer and autumn. The beaches in the Red Sea and the River Nile are ideal places to visit in September, especially if you want to enjoy bathing in the sun without the crowds.
Travelling in Egypt between October and December
Similar to spring, the weather in Egypt is warm and sunny throughout October-December. It is the best time to visit Egypt’s landmarks without the heat and the sandstorms. The cities get more crowded as Christmas and the New Year draws near, so it is recommended to book your trip early.
Egypt Climate & Weather Guide
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|Giza||5 mm||3 mm||2 mm||1 mm||1 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||1 mm||3 mm||5 mm|
|Alexandria||55 mm||26 mm||13 mm||5 mm||1 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||1 mm||11 mm||29 mm||54 mm|
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|Aswan||16 km/h||16 km/h||17 km/h||17 km/h||16 km/h||16 km/h||16 km/h||14 km/h||16 km/h||14 km/h||15 km/h||15 km/h|
|Luxor||9 km/h||11 km/h||11 km/h||11 km/h||12 km/h||16 km/h||12 km/h||15 km/h||13 km/h||10 km/h||9 km/h||9 km/h|
|Giza||12 km/h||14 km/h||15 km/h||15 km/h||15 km/h||15 km/h||15 km/h||13 km/h||13 km/h||14 km/h||12 km/h||12 km/h|
|Alexandria||19 km/h||18 km/h||19 km/h||19 km/h||17 km/h||15 km/h||17 km/h||16 km/h||16 km/h||16 km/h||16 km/h||18 km/h|
|Sharm||13 km/h||13 km/h||14 km/h||14 km/h||14 km/h||14 km/h||14 km/h||13 km/h||14 km/h||13 km/h||13 km/h||14 km/h|
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When to visit Egypt
Cruise the Nile in Summer
If you are planning a luxury trip, June to August is the best time to visit Egypt to cruise the Nile on an upscale boat.
Summer is the least crowded season in Egypt, and you can enjoy the most iconic river on the planet in the comfort of your vessel’s air conditioning.
Bear in mind that Nile cruise is ideal in spring and autumn, too, especially if you want to explore the majestic Pyramids and other historic sites on your way.
Our Jewels of the Nile tour is perfect for discovering the golden shores of Luxor and Aswan on a 5-star Nile Cruiser.
Explore Egypt in Autumn-Winter
The weather in Egypt is comfortably warm and sunny from September to March, making it an ideal time for activities in the desert. You can explore the pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, and ancient temples in autumn and winter. Nile cruise on the traditional Felucca boats is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sites without the heat. These activities are equally enjoyable in April and May, but it is good to remember that the khamaseen hot sand winds occur for a few days without causing discomfort. Also, Easter offers the best time to visit Egypt, to savor the festive atmosphere of the national holiday Sham Ennessim.
Festivals & Events in Egypt
Egypt also has unique cultural spectacles and festivities throughout autumn and winter.
The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is one that you shouldn’t miss. It takes place on February 21st and October 21st at the spectacular Abu Simbel temples of Ramses II. On January 7th, people celebrate Coptic Christmas in the streets with feasts and unique traditions.
Travelling in Egypt During Ramadan: Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic Religion, and therefore an important time of the year for the Muslim population of Egypt. It takes place in a different period each year, and you might want to check the dates before you plan your itinerary. There might be certain restrictions in the opening hours of markets, restaurants, and shops.
Popular Trips in Egypt
Jewels of the Nile
Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Felucca